Set in the illuminated, snow-covered Whoville - full of gingerbread men, inflatable Santas and eye-popping displays outside houses - the incessant festive cheer irritates everyones favourite grouchy bah humbug Mr Grinch (this time played by Bennedict Cumberbatch). Based on Dr Seuss classic childrens story The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, this new version - narrated by Pharrell Williams of Happy fame and boasting a rap soundtrack featuring Tyler, The Creator sees the much-told tale given a modern facelift thatll appeal to children and parents alike. More than anything, though, its Illumination and Universal Pictures eye-popping animation that makes the film such a delight to watch; The Grinchs loyal dog and only true friend, Max, is one of the cutest characters Ive seen on a cinema screen in years. Oversized reindeer Fred isnt far behind, either. Using mold spice and naming his outfits on the various stages of misery, Mr Grinch cant even bring itself to say the word. Despising everything about Christmas, he hates the legion of carol singers as they close in on him Getting to the heart of why The Grinch hates Christmas so much, if only briefly, the throwback scenes midway are touching and make the audience feel sorry for him - but not for long as his villainous side shows itself once again. But his heart soon warms when he meets Cindy Lou, whose Christmas dream is for her stressed-out mum (Rashida Jones) to be happy. The overall message is of embracing your community, family and even strangers... it really brings the true meaning of Christmas to life.